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STOP buying instrumental beats from nameless individuals and basement studios that use STOLEN celebrity pictures and big record logos! If you are to buy instrumental beats with the proper music license, you better get them from the professionals with REAL experience, REAL knowledge, REAL studio, and at the very least, REAL Identity. No we did NOT work with MTV, Motown, Universal, or any of the BIG Name Records. If we did, we would not be here selling beat licenses at rock bottom price. But one thing you can be sure of, we make catchy R&B beats and rap beats, and we try our best to help R&B singers, rappers, & songwriters like you succeed in your music career!

Recording Tips for Noobs

 

After downloading a royalty free hip hop beat, you should already have a good idea for what you would like to do with the track creatively. Phrasing is the key factor when putting together your song structure. 99% of popular music, is in a 4/4 time signature, meaning you are counting 1-2-3-4 as you are listening to the instrumental. In this time signature, verses, hooks and bridges are usually divided into an even number of measures (a measure/bar is a 1-2-3-4). For example, a hook could be 16 measures and the verses, 32 measures, with an 8 measure breakdown/bridge. The more you use multiples of 4, 8, 16, 32 etc in your structuring, the more natural your phrasing (musical or rhythmic sentences) will fall into place. After you have written your hook and verses, use a pop screen on a large diaphragm condenser microphone with a good quality mic preamp to record your vocal tracks.

 

Your melody (the riff that people will sing along to) should be the primary focus for your listener during the chorus/hook, so lay it down first. Use a dynamic compressor, doubling techniques, and suitable effect processors such as reverbs, delays and chorus effects to strengthen the melody. Then add harmonies (notes that are not the melody notes but still work with the background chord progressions) and backups or accents.  If you do not feel comfortable with writing harmonies, ask someone to help you, or get them to record guide tracks so you can teach yourself how to sing them over time if you are the one who will be performing them on actual track. Once you are happy with the pitches and tone for all of the tracks on the hook, simply copy and paste it to the other parts in the song where the hook should be. If you don’t wish to have the exact same hooks, I still suggest duplicating a finely edited melody, and change up the back up vocals to keep it interesting. Its all about creating a balance between familiar and new.

 

When recording rapping for verses, there are many more things to think about other than the lyrics themselves. Although this is an art, there are still musical guidelines to ensure that no matter how artistic and creative you are being with the track, all listeners will still find your music catchy and appropriate. Breath from your stomach and exhale slowly as you are performing in front of the mic. Keep your mouth about a fist away from the pop filter to gain that “intimate” quality like you are literally in your listener’s head. If your level is too loud or quiet don’t move closer or farther away, but rather adjust your vocal track-level. Your mic preamp gain level should be as high as possible without clipping. As you are rapping, be conscious of your phrasing  and rhyming scheme,  keeping a consistent character throughout the track, how you articulate your words, and be ON TIME. This means that when you come off the beginning consonants of words (where the rhythmic qualities are that make up syllables) you should be bang-on the beat itself or bang-on a dividend such as an eighth note or sixteenth note. This is the make or break; whether or not you sound tight or sloppy. Have your verses memorized so when you are tracking them so you can think of all of these things and not sound like you are reading. Also, if you are in the habit of performing the verses exactly the same every time, this could be a good thing for production purposes if you choose to do supporting vocal track for the verse.

 

Its always good to get second opinions on your vocal tracks and mixing before releasing your project to the public. Don’t set completion deadlines for yourself that are more important than the project quality itself. What is?? Take your time, do it right.  Mixing is not something you can pick up overnight so don’t feel bad meeting up with a professional producer just to finish up the final editing and mixing, and mastering so your song can be at its best presentation.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me! anthonyblaine@clubzerobeats.com or tony@abrecords.ca.